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    How I’m Finally Losing Weight Easily After Trying Literally Everything.

    Ahhh, the old weight debacle. Everyone struggles with it. If you don’t, consider yourself lucky. Here is a little bit about my story of weight gain + loss + how I’m trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you can relate?

    I was always super small + petite growing up. At my high school graduation, I was about 98 pounds soaking wet. I wore a double zero + ate whatever I wanted + rarely worked out.

    When I was in my early twenties, I gained a little weight, but was still in a size 4 + very small.

    Before I had my first daughter, I had started on some medication that caused me to gain a lot of weight. When I went to the doctor for my first checkup when I found out I was pregnant, I remember being shocked at how much I weighed. I had never been that heavy before.

    I gained 30 pounds during my first pregnancy + lost it almost immediately after I had her. But I still wanted to lose a lot more. I was super dedicated + lost about 16 more pounds. But once I would go back to eating whatever I wanted, I would gain it right back.

    I continued the pattern of eating bad + not working out + then I had two more babies. I barely gained any weight with my last two pregnancies because I had started off much heavier to begin with. I lost it all very quickly after the birth, but then my eating habits + lack of exercise didn’t help me keep it off.

    I started off this year super motivated to get healthy + stay active. I joined a gym, was cooking more + thought I was on a good track. Well, then COVID happened + the world shut down (meaning no more gym). I lost all motivation to eat healthy + stay active. I was drinking every night + staying up late + eating take-out pretty much every day. Not a good combination.

    So towards the end of May, I realized it had gotten bad because all of my clothes were super tight. When I weighed myself, I discovered the harsh reality that I had gained 16 pounds. I was already like 20 pounds over what I wanted to be before this, so needless to say, I knew a change had to happen.

    I started eating better, eating smaller portions, trying to cut down on the soda, cutting way back on drinking, + the gym opened back up, so I was able to start going again.

    After doing this for over a month, I was only down about 4 pounds.

    Then in July, I added a dietary supplement called Trim. Its job is to inhibit fat storage + enhance muscle tone. It also has collagen in it which helps your skin, hair, nails, + joints. It tastes like pudding + you only have to take 1 tablespoon a day. I LOVE how super easy it is. No choking down a shake or taking pills.

    But the best part? I lost 4 pounds in 2 days. (+ this is with eating Chick-fil-A both days.)

    After 2 weeks, I had lost 7 pounds. All I was doing differently was eating that 1 tablespoon in the morning. I only went to the gym one time during those 2 weeks. I was practicing Intermittent Fasting + only eating about 1 big meal a day, but that meal was whatever I wanted.

    Needless to say, I’m pretty much hooked on this little miracle pudding that burns my fat off for me! But obviously, my goal is to be more healthy overall; it’s not just about the number on the scale.

    Like I said, I had been doing Intermittent Fasting, but didn’t really have much of a strategy to it. Then someone reached out to me to see if I would be interested in doing the FASTer Way to Fat Loss 6 week program. I had heard of it before + knew it involved Intermittent Fasting, but that’s all I knew.

    It is so much more than just IF! When you enroll, you get instant access to the app that has multiple workout videos available to you each day, plus daily meal plans, recipes, + more. You get added to a private Facebook group where you have coaches in there to support you + others doing the program with you to hold you accountable.

    I am learning about the amount of proteins, carbs, + fats I need each day, which is something I have never really paid any attention to. I am surprised at how much I can eat, even with fasting. I realized I was looking at food as the enemy that made me fat, when actually food is not the enemy if you just make smart choices.

    The workouts have been incredible. You just play the video straight from the app + they tell you exactly what to do. I love that I’m doing them at home with no strangers there watching me! So if I mess up or look stupid, no one can see expect my kids + husband! My 6 year old has been doing the workouts with me + she loves them (even when she’s not exactly doing the correct moves!)! + if you want to go to the gym, there are also gym workouts you can follow!

    It’s taken a lot of effort + different methods to get me on the right track, but I’m slowly getting there. If you’re like me + eating healthy does not come naturally + working out is a chore, I really think you would enjoy the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program. I would also absolutely recommend taking Trim for a completely effortless way to lose weight.

    Another thing that has really helped with my energy levels + given me a healthy snack to have is Verb Energy Bars. I love the Coconut Chai flavor! They have the same amount of caffeine as a shot of espresso + are super yummy! If you want to try 4 of the bars for only 95 cents, click here!

    I will not be able to share how much I’ve lost for a while because the rule with FWTFL is to weigh yourself on day 1 + then not weigh again until the 6 weeks is over. So I am not going to cheat! The goal is to focus on the non-scale wins! I am very anxious though to see how much I will weigh at the end!

    It’s a rough road to struggle with weight. It can be hard to accept the size you are compared to what you used to be. I know it’s hard for me. But no matter what size you are or how much you weigh, I want you to remember that your worth is not defined by a number on a scale. This is something I have to remind myself of frequently.

    I used to think that people would like me or not like me based on what I looked like. Now I know that what’s inside is much more important than what’s on the outside. + if you don’t work on the inside, no work you do to the outside will make you more attractive.

    If you’d like to join me on the FASTer Way to Fat Loss journey, you can join at this link + enter code SUCCESSPARTNER to get $100 off the 6 week program! It is so worth it, especially at this steal of a price!

    If you’d like to try Trim, you can purchase at this link + it will automatically apply a $10 off coupon at the final checkout page!

    Even if you have a different plan or program that you’re doing, I’d still love to support you! So come hit me up on Instagram + let me know what you’re doing + I’ll be sure to cheer you on! Thank you so much for cheering me on! Ya girl can use all the encouragement you can offer!

    Thanks for being my friend!

    xoxo,

    LINDSEY

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    Final Thoughts on Always Eat After 7 PM

    This post is sponsored by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

    If you haven’t heard, Joel Marion has a new book, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight. I have been discussing the book in these blog posts — first, second, third. Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program. 

    One of the main reasons I was drawn to this program is because of the claims to go against traditional “dieting rules”. Marion debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night.

    But wait, isn’t “breakfast the most important meal of the day”? Marion addresses this in his book with scientific study findings, “Those who ate breakfast ended up eating about 260 calories more a day, the review found. Those who skipped breakfast were about one pound lighter than those who ate breakfast. These findings led the researchers to conclude that eating breakfast isn’t necessarily a good strategy for losing weight. The science isn’t really there. Breakfast could very well be the least important meal of the day.”

    When I am told that I should or shouldn’t eat this or that or at a certain time or not, I want to know the reason why. Marion makes sure that every one of his claims are backed by research, evidence, and proven studies. After being on his program for almost a month now, I am able to see why this program works.

    Last week we had the cheesy ground beef skillet that is one of the recipes in the book, and oh my gosh, I couldn’t get enough of it!!! The recipes are amazing.

    I hope you will join me on this program if you haven’t already!

    Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

    This post is sponsored by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed above are my own.

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    Update on Always Eat After 7 PM

    This post is sponsored by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

    If you’ve been following along with my latest blog posts, you’ve seen that I have started reading Joel Marion’s new book, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight. This program is backed by scientific research to help you burn fat without starving yourself. (Click here to read the first post, click here to read the second post)

    One of my biggest goals I wanted to achieve that I discussed in my post last week was drinking more water daily. Marion notes in his book, “Water helps digest your food, expel wastes, regulate your temperature, protect your tissues, cushion your joints, and protect your spinal column, among many other vital functions. It is through water that hormones flow to the proper organs, that nutrients reach all cells, and that toxins are diluted and removed from the body.” That is something I definitely want to be a part of! I bought a water bottle a little while ago that tracks your water intake. You are supposed to drink 2 bottles of it a day, but I am drinking around 3 bottles a day (96 ounces of water daily). So far, I have lost 5 pounds!

    The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good. Right now, I am still in the Acceleration Phase. This phase is supposed to last 2 weeks. The Main Phase lasts until you reach your ideal weight, and then the Lifestyle Phase lasts as long as you want.

    The hardest part of dieting in my opinion is feeling hungry and not being able to satisfy that hunger. The most challenging times to curb hunger are just before bed and in the morning. By following the Always Eat After 7PM program, you have the most willpower to stay on the diet because you are eating during the hours when you are most hungry. This also puts you into both intermittent fasting increasing testosterone and your metabolism, while putting you into ketosis.

    No Bake Salted Caramel Bars

    The recipes shared in this book are incredible. If you are a fan of sweets (like me), there are tons of recipes for protein shakes, cookies, brownies, pancakes, etc. One of my personal favorites is the No Bake Salted Caramel Bars (pictured above from the book).

    Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

    Have you gotten your copy of the book yet?!? What’s your favorite recipe?!?

    This post is sponsored by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed above are my own.

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    Why I Chose Joel Marion’s Book

    This post is sponsored by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

    If you missed it, I shared all about why I chose to read bestselling author, Joel Marion’s new book, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight in this blog post. I wanted to share a little bit more about the book and the author.

    As I shared in the first post, what really drew me in to this program was that you didn’t have to follow all the classic dieting “rules” that make it so hard to stick to anything. Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of the reasons for resistance. We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal.

    I am hopeful that after reading this book and implementing the program, I will be on track to achieve my weight loss goals, and I will finally not feel the guilt if I indulge in a late night snack. Mostly, I want to be educated on the proper nutrition that my body needs. I think we all would like to drown out all the noise that is always being thrown at us about what and how we should eat, and just take in actual facts backed by research and science. One of my biggest goals is to up my water intake daily.

    Here are a few insights from the author himself, Joel Marion:

    How long did it take for you to develop the diet?

    It actually took several years of researching for me to discover the real science of eating late night. After a few years of tweaking and refining, I finally came up with a rapid fat loss solution that overcomes all the pitfalls of traditional diets.

    What was the most surprising discovery when you were researching scientific data for the diet?

    That almost everything my college education and certifications taught me was NOT grounded in published scientific research.

    Marion goes on in the book to say, “Research shows that the average person’s metabolic rate is no different during sleep than during the day. In short, your metabolism doesn’t slow down at night. Nor does your body store fat at the end of the day. Whether it’s 8 am or 8 pm, you use food for energy the same way.”

    Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

    Please let me know if you have purchased the book or if you have any questions!

    This post is sponsored by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed above are my own.

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    What to do after gaining the “Quarantine 15”?

    This post is sponsored by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

    If you know me, or have been following along with me, you know that healthy foods are just not my go to. I am drawn to carbs and sweets, unfortunately for my waistline. I have tried many different diets and most of them I basically have to starve myself to see any results. I am hungry and miserable all the time. I’ve always played into the diet “myths” about making sure to eat breakfast because it’s the “most important meal of the day” and never eating late at night before bed.

    Then I heard about Joel Marion’s new book, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight, and I was intrigued. Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program. The subtitle has the words, “rule-breaking”. Hey, I’m always down to break some rules! Especially if it means not starving myself and still losing weight.

    If you read my goals for 2020, you know one of them was to work out more, eat healthier, and get off this extra weight that I haven’t been able to get rid of since having Camille last July. Well, then our world turned upside down with the threat of the coronavirus. The gym I joined had to close. My kids were all out of school for the foreseeable future. I had very little time to myself to work out or plan and cook healthy meals. Instead of losing weight, I was gaining weight being stuck in the house. I think a lot of you can relate! I was so excited to get this book and find out about these rules I could break and still burn fat!

    In the first chapter, Marion identifies and debunks four dieting myths. Not only does Marion tell you these are not true, but he backs his claims with science. Right up front, he wants you to know that this isn’t just some fluff that he has thrown together, but real, proven facts that have been tested.

    Marion begins the first chapter, “Before we get into the specifics of the diet, it’s critical that you understand why you’re doing what you’re doing, starting with the science that supports late-night eating for faster weight loss and explains why it is a much more effective solution for fat burning compared to other programs.” Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night.

    Another great thing about this book is the pages and pages of recipes for you to try. So you can’t use the excuse, “I don’t know what to cook!” I encourage you to get this book for yourself and follow along with Marion’s plan. Let’s see how well this works together!

    Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

    You can also hear from the author himself by watching this video.

    Please let me know if you have any questions and of course let me know if you’re going to be following this program too!

    This post is sponsored by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed above are my own.

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    My Smoothie Recipe

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    I used to make smoothies all the time before I became a mom + life drastically changed!! But recently I have been trying to find easy ways I can sneak some good nutrition in my diet! So I bought a Magic Bullet + it makes it SO easy!

    The great thing about the Magic Bullet is you can stop blending, easily pick up the container + mix it up + then start again. So if any pieces are being stubborn + not getting down to the bottom, you can shake it up real quick + keep going. It makes just enough for one smoothie + it’s a very easy clean up. You can also use the container that it blends in to drink out of. So it’s even less dishes to clean. It comes with three different cups + lids.

    But enough about the blender, here’s the recipe!!

    Seems super simple, right? It is! I cut up strawberries + bananas + place them on wax paper on a rack or baking sheet + put it in the freezer. This way the strawberries + bananas are frozen + act as the ice for the smoothie. Then you don’t have to use ice which waters down the drink. I do add a little bit of water which just helps make it thin enough to drink. But using the frozen strawberries + bananas as the ice cubes allows for a creamier smoothie. I also add the baby spinach to get some vegetables in! You really can’t taste them at all in my opinion! + I am pretty picky about tastes!

    To make it as simple + quick as possible, I’ve started buying frozen strawberries from the freezer section so I don’t have to freeze my own strawberries, but it’s probably best to use fresh ones if you have the time! With three kids, a dog + a husband, I am lacking for time!!

    Let me know if you try this recipe + what you think! I would HIGHLY recommend the Magic Bullet! It makes it so easy! + it’s very compact + doesn’t take up a lot of room in your kitchen! Also, it’s only $40!!! + here is a tumbler that is similar to a YETI but only costs $10! While you’re at it, here is a 4 pack of reusable straws to go with it 😉

    What is your favorite smoothie recipe?!? Let me know in the comments!

    xoxo,

    LINDSEY